5 Dorm Design Hacks to Have the Cutest Room On Your Hall

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  1. 1. Texture, texture, texture

    Smooth and polished is out—this year, we’re drooling over dorms with shag rugs, furry pillows, and funky throw blankets.

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  2. 2. Use mirrors to make your dorm look bigger

    You might be living in a tiny cinderblock box, but you can still create the illusion of an actual, well, bedroom. Designers from Lauren Conrad to Joanna Gaines use statement mirrors to make small living areas look more spacious, and you can too!

    SHOP NOW: Rustic Floor Mirror, $90

  3. 3. Lighting is everything

    Hate to break it to you, but your dorm room is probably going to be lacking in natural light (and any form of light, for that matter). A statement lamp makes the perfect nightstand accessory and washes your room in a cozy, warm glow.

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  4. 4. Comfort(er) is key

    Your comforter is one area where you definitely don’t want to be skimpy—or suddenly decide you’re into something you’re not. If you pick the right comforter now, it could last you all four years of college (and will be your oasis for late night study and sleep...trust me!). Go for something classic that will grow with you and your ever-changing décor.

    SHOP NOW: Pintuck Comforter Set, $40

  5. 5. Cover those cinderblock walls

    White walls are boring—but you’re not. Easily create a statement wall that’s as expressive as you are by hanging a tapestry.

    SHOP NOW: Peach Medallion Cotton Tapestry, $18

For more dorm décor inspo, head to Dreams Are Built in a Dorm.